Gorbachev's Policies of Glasnost and Perestroika: Explanation and Significance


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1. How did Perestroika reform the election system?

2. Which of the following refers to 'Glasnost'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These study materials test your understanding of glasnost and perestroika and the importance they played in the U.S.S.R, socially, economically, and politically. You will be quizzed on these concepts and the history of the Soviet Union during the 1980s.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • General Secretary of the Soviet Union in 1985
  • Glasnost
  • Restructuring of Soviet political and economic systems
  • The state of the Soviet Union during the 1980s
  • Breakup of the U.S.S.R.

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the Soviet Union from the lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply what you know about the Soviet Union to better understand its collapse
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define glasnost and perestroika

Additional Learning

To learn more about these important concepts and the reforms that characterized 1980s Soviet Union, review the lesson, Gorbachev's Policies of Glasnost and Perestroika: Explanation and Significance. This lesson explores:

  • The position of the Soviet Union following the Second World War
  • Why the soviet economy was stagnant and why it suffered both politically and socially
  • How government censorship was limited, how the media was given more freedom, and how government corruption came to light under glasnost
  • Perestroika and the introduction of multi-candidate elections and a semblance of a free market economy